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Adding Up Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Alex Ovechkin was modeling for the cover of ESPN Magazine a few days ago.  In the aftermath, ESPN came up with a simple equation…





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Ready for Anything

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com—

I am so ready!

Center Ice ordered along with NHL GameCenter Live. All cables and inputs checked and tightened on the back of the HDTV. The recliner is exactly 9 feet away from the 55 inch screen. Picture-in-picture x4 checked, which allows me to follow 8 games at a time. Climbed onto the roof, sprayed the satellite dish with anti-stick cooking spray (prevents ice and snow build-up).

Sound system has been checked…

continued… as Paul reminds me of all the ways that some of us are NOT ready! smile

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think the floor affects teams that aren’t doing very good at the gate, aren’t doing very good on the ice, which results in them falling into a position where they are entitled to revenue-sharing funds from teams that are doing well.

“Our plans and decisions are based as a team on the number of season ticket-holders we have, so we know what percentage of that will go towards salary and our overall budget, and what percentage has to go towards revenue sharing.”

-Flames GM Darryl Sutter.  More on the cap at CBC Sports…

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Fedorov Done In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

General manager Lou Lamoriello just said that he has given Fedor Fedorov’s agent permission to talk to other teams that might be interested in trading for him and the 25-year-old forward will not be play for the Devils.


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Is This The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Janoff of BrandWeek,

“Is this the year?” will be anchored by spots on Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com, in addition to CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada. Support will include print and POP. Creative was handled in-house by the NHL. Y&R, New York and Toronto, served as creative consultants. Spend was not disclosed.

Four TV spots each feature a different NHL star: Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist. In each of the spots, the players initially are seen in photograph, which then comes to live as the athletes share their personal feelings about the game.

read on

added 11:21am, much more on this from Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com and video has been added below.

Continue Reading »

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Name That Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Buccigross of ESPN breaks down the Western Conference with song lyrics… 

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or
looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

Any guesses on the team he is referring to?  Bucci has them ranked #3 in the West.  Read on for more…

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KK- A Tweak To The Homepage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night we made a slight tweak to the KK homepage.

You will notice the author of the blog is now highlighted in a gray bar located just below the blog title.  We hope this change makes it easier for you to distinguish who the author is and what blog it belongs to.

This change is only on the KK homepage, all other areas remain the same.

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Burke Sends A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

While the continuing need to create salary-cap space was the primary incentive, there was further motivation behind the Ducks sending veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell to the Kings only hours before the Ducks scored a 2-1 shootout victory in exhibition action Tuesday night at Staples Center.

“It’s not why we did it, but hopefully some other guys will get a message here,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said, echoing sentiments expressed by Coach Randy Carlyle the past three days. “Our camp has been going pretty well, but we need some guys to pick up their game. We’re not going at a clip that’s satisfactory to us.”

read on

added 7:06am, Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Burke.  One thing that surprised me was Burke’s response to a possible NHL European expansion.

read it here (direct link)

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The Mindset Of A Fighter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

(Scott) Walker, beginning his 14th NHL season, concedes he literally fought his way into the league. In his first three full seasons, with the Vancouver Canucks, he had 433 penalty minutes in 186 games.

“I have a little bit of a temper,” he said, smiling. “Sometimes, I forget what happens out there. I say some things or do some things I don’t remember.

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re not scared.’ I’m scared every game. You play scared. There are big guys out there and you can get run over. But that’s how you play—you can feed off the fear.”

“I don’t like being that hot-headed, but I think sometimes your faults are the reason you make it,” he said. “To be honest, it got me in the league and it has helped me stay here.”


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Niittymaki Returns After Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,

Antero Niittymaki was back in the stall he has occupied since coming up to the Flyers from the Phantoms, newly signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, moved into the temporary extra stall used only for training camps, and tryout goalie Maxime Ouellet was released.

Niittymaki, who has been sidelined since before the beginning of camp recovering from left hip surgery, was back on the ice yesterday in practice and talking about the possibility of playing next week.

That might be a long shot, but from the way the Finnish goalie is recovering, he is very likely to be on the bench for opening night on Oct. 11.

read on

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